A Kansan Conquers the Cosmos: Or, “Spaced out All My Life!”

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iUniverse, Nov 22, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 108 pages
A Kansan Conquers the Cosmos presents the story of Alan Glines, who began working with NASA in 1966 and was part of Mission Control during the height of the space program. Full of fun and excitement, Gliness autobiography offers a first-person glimpse into four decades of the field of aerospace.

He traces his own history from the beginning of his career through to the present and shares interesting anecdotes and histories of NASA and the American space program. From his days a science fictionobsessed youth who ran a theater as if it were mission control to his various experiences in NASA, Glines attained the Mission Control spirit and dedication that he has lived for decadesthat is, being on the playing field and being all you can be, all the time. Over four decades, he has acquired an extraordinarily rich tapestry of experience in the aerospace worlds of research and development, and command and control, exploring no fewer than seven geographical and intellectual career paths over the years.

As a man whose career, teaching, and speaking efforts continue to inspire others today, Gliness story is a detailed and unique and the aerospace industry in America from the inside.

 

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Contents

Chapter 2 Radio Station KIND Console 2
8
Chapter 3 The Fire Console 3
16
Chapter 4 Speech Class as Introductionto Live Theater
34
Stage Radio and Community
42
Chapter 6 My Path to the Cosmos via NASA A Journey in Seven Parts
50
Chapter 7 California for Private Industry
76
Chapter 8 Europe My New Home
80
Chapter 9 Back to the USA
84
Epilogue
94
Glossary
96
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Alan Glines grew up in Kansas in the fifties and sixties. After receiving a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Kansas University and a master of science in systems management from USC, he began work at NASA-Johnson Space center, where he was part of both the Gemini and Apollo programs. He still works in the aerospace industry today.

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